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Friday Night at the Allendale


This year's Folk Festival kicks off in style with a great show featuring Michell, Pfeiffer and Kulesh,

The Lost Trades and Steve Turner.

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Michell, Pfeiffer and Kulesh are an all-female close harmony folk trio that brings together the exciting talents and exquisite voices of award-winning singers and songwriters Odette Michell, Karen Pfeiffer and Daria Kulesh. Their stunning three-part vocal harmonies bring to life spellbinding folk tales, expertly woven together with a vibrant international twist - a project that would never have transpired had it not been for the lockdowns, when three of the busiest female performers on the folk scene found themselves somewhat less occupied than before. Introducing Stage winners at the Great British Folk Festival 2023 by public vote, they wow their audiences with a deeply moving, exciting and unique live show. Theirs is a unique cross-cultural, multi-lingual, multi-instrumental collaboration, turning familiar folk tunes into something fresh and powerful.

Described as: "Tremendous" (Mike Harding), "Exquisite" ( and "Entrancing" (FATEA). Watch video

The Lost Trades

The Lost Trades are a Folk/Americana trio, based in the West Country, with a cool Laurel Canyon vibe. With a sound that is reminiscent of the California folk scene of the late 60s/early 70s, their three-part harmonies have been described as "flawless", "spine tingling" and "magical". With two albums under their belts, both reaching the Official UK Folk Albums Chart, the Lost Trades are making a firm stamp on the UK Folk Scene. A live performance involves easy interchanging of instruments, with each of the three playing guitar, bass and percussion at different points. There's always a fun intimacy to the show, with the three engaging in comfortable repartee with each other and the audience like a group of old friends. Watch video

Steve Turner

Steve Turner shines as one of the handful of performers not merely continuing traditional music but keeping it very much alive. He is known as a pioneer of highly sophisticated English concertina song accompaniments, stretching the boundaries of traditional forms, with one of the best voices in the business. He is a multi-instrumentalist who also accompanies himself on the cittern, and also plays mandolin and tenor banjo. Come and see him perform in concert on Friday evening and experience the performer who Nancy Kerr stated played the best gig she had ever seen!

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